It sometimes can be hard though to know what to pray for workers, especially if there haven’t been any recent prayer points. However, the Bible is full of gold when it comes to praying on behalf of God’s people. Here are five sample prayers drawn from Colossians that I’ve been using when praying for those engaged in full-time gospel work.
I didn’t grow up in Australia—‘overseas’ was this missionary kid’s home—and the faithful prayers and support by Christian brothers and sisters sustained my family in a country where so many were in spiritual darkness without Jesus. What a blessing it was to have believers (some whom I hadn’t met) sacrificially and consistently partner with us in prayer!
More than a decade later I landed at Bible college with a desire to be better equipped for cross-cultural ministry but also to grow in my walk with Jesus.
One of my great joys there was the Monday morning prayer group. It was a time of praying through prayer points from graduates who shared the highs and lows of their ministry—from rural Australia to Spain, Tanzania, South Asia and more. It was humbling to be able to partner with these workers in prayer as they desired under God to“declare his glory among the nations” (Ps 96:3).
I’ve continued to find great joy in opening my inbox (and the WhatsApp and Facebook groups some workers have set up) to read prayer points and updates from workers. Having their prayer cards in my home plus using the app PrayerMate also prompts me to pray for them. I’ve tried to keep things simple but intentional by committing to pray for a few workers regularly.